Thursday, April 10, 2014

52 Ancestors-Week - 14 - Ruth Eileen McFadden (1905-1985)

This post is part of Amy Johnson Crow's 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge.  The object is to write something about 1 ancestor each week.  More information can be  found at her blog No Story Too Small.

When I became serious about pursuing my genealogy, my parents gave me a box that had a lot of pictures and letters from my grandmother Ruth Eileen McFadden (1905-1985) along with some items of my grandfather Clyde Lee Webb (1898-1987). 

Among the items in this box was a journal that my grandmother kept that began at the end of 1975 and ended at the beginning of 1977.

I don't know if she kept diaries or journals throughout her life but this is the only one that made it to today, whether on purpose or by accident.   

Here is a page from her journal from 38 years ago this month.

11-17 April 1976

Sunday April 11
Elizabeth (my mother) came over & we visited Sallie (don't know who she is).  She looks well and was in good spirits.  Will be operated on tomorrow morning.
Monday April 12
10:45 & going to bed.  Busy day packing for trip etc.  Started to drizzle tonight.  Talked to Beverly (don't know who she is). Sallie is doing well.  Today is Dr. Hamilton's birthday-96. (what I remember about Dr. Hamilton is that everyday my grandmother would go over and check on him.  Not sure what she did for him other than see him for a few minutes.  The one memory I have of him is of him on his porch yelling at us kids to shut up.  We were playing Nerf football in the front yard of my grandparents house in Fort Worth.  I was 10, my brothers were 12 and 6 and my sister 8.)
Tuesday April 13
Left at 11:15 for Miss. (My grandparents second daughter and her husband) Arrived in Monroe, LA about 4:45 PM-stopping at Ramada Inn had dinner at the Inn.   Drove (not sure what this means or relates to.)
Wednesday April 14
Left Monroe about 9:00am-decided to stop along the way for breakfast but did not see a decent place-so had a hamburger at Stucky's (I remember Stucky's.  When we went on family trips to Arkansas, to visit my fathers family, we'd look forward to stopping at the blue roofed Stucky's.  I'd always get the little pecan pie.)
Thursday April 15
M & B (my aunt and uncle) had class today (both were university professors) came home for lunch- Daddy came over about noon. (no idea what this means.  Came over from where? She definitely did not have the best handwriting.) Had a wonderful day- Bucky barbecued chicken which was delicious.  B. fixed Black Russians.  Had one, salad, home made bread, ice cream, cookies, wine. 
Friday April 15
Real nice day. M&B on vacation. We went to Stations (?) this afternoon.  Bought Rhoda & Nick (don't know who they are) a wedding gift.  Another delectable dinner-cheese souffle with shrimp sauce, homemade bread & salad.  10:15 PM getting ready to go to bed.
Saturday April 17
Real warm again today- Maureen hemmed her drapes and put them up.  Another delicious dinner.  Bucky made ice cream.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

52 Ancestors-Week - 12 - Arlie C. Campbell (1873-1966)

This post is part of Amy Johnson Crow's 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge.  The object is to write something about 1 ancestor each week.  More information can be  found at her blog No Story Too Small.

Playing catch up.

Arlie C. Campbell was married to the brother of my maternal great grandmother.   She married Harry D. Neuland on 17 November 1897.

Harry and Arlie Neuland-65th wedding anniversary 1962
                                          I like the note she added to the back of this picture.  

I was smiling at first
but it took so long to snap
the picture, my smile
just faded out.
Our 65th Wedding Anniversary
My grandmother added a note:
Aunt Arlie died
July 3, 1966

52 Ancestors-Week - 11 Jeremiah Webb (1746-?)

This post is part of Amy Johnson Crow's 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge.  The object is to write something about 1 ancestor each week.  More information can be  found at her blog No Story Too Small.

I've fallen a little behind so today I will cover one of my Revolutionary War ancestors, Jeremiah Webb.  I haven't found too much on him and most of what I have is from a deposition filed in open court in Harrison County, Indiana, 22 March 1823.

State of Indiana
Harrison County

On the 22 day of March 1823 personally appeared in open court being a Court of Record of the second Indiana ___________Circuit of the State aforesaid, Jeremiah Webb a resident citizen of said Circuit, age 77 years the 27th march 1823 who being first duly sworn according to law doth ______ his oath make the  following declaration in order to obtain the provisions made by the acts of Congress of the 18th March 1818 and of the first of May 1820. That he said Jeremiah Webb enlisted some time in the month of October as well as he can recollect, in the first commencement of the Revolutionary War that he enlisted in the company of Captain George Taylor in the Regiment Command by Colonel Cleveland in the line of North or South Carolina and he does not recollect which.  That he continued in said company during the war on the continental establishment and was then discharged and has not other evidence of his services having had his discharge burnt with all his possessions.  That he was at the Battle of Kings Mountain and at Tarlton's Defeat at the Battle of the Cow Pen.  That he was principally on the frontier against the British & Indians.  That he commanded at the White Oak Station in North Carolina and at Green River in the ________ for about six months.  That his skull was severely fractured in the Battle at Kings Mountain which wound has injured him in such a manner that he is frequently not himself.

And in pursuance of the Act of the first of May 1820 I do solemnly swear that I was a resident citizen of the United States on the 18th day of March 1818 and that I have not since that time by gift or sale or in any manner disposed of my property or any part there of with intent thereby so to diminish it as to bring myself within the provisions of an Act of Congress entitled An Act to provide for certain persons engaged in the Land and Naval service of the United States in the Revolutionary War passed on the 18th day of March 1818 & that I have not nor has any person in trust for me any property or securities contracts or debts due to me.  Nor have I any income other that what is contained in the following schedule here to _______ ________ farmer by occupation but not much reduced by age have a wife named Malinda aged 76 years have six children but none of them living with us.

Schedule of property-One mare & colt, one cow & calf, one yearling calf, two beds & bedding, five pewter plates, three knives & forks, a pot & a skillet, one hoe, one tin cup, one ______ crock, four spoons, not debts due him, owes to the amount of about five dollars                        

Sworn to before me in open court.  Valuation of propert Fifty nine Dollars & seventy five cents. ($59.75)                                         A. Bayless                                    Jeremiah X(his mark) Webb
                                                       ________ Kirkpatric    

I have a court document from Chestnut Hill, Jefferson, County Tennessee, where Meredith Webb (my g g g g grandfather) states his father was Jeremiah Webb.

Jefferson County, Tennessee Court Minutes 1792-1795

pg. 113

John Burke            }
       VS                   }             Attachment
Jeremiah Webb     }

Meredith Webb a Guarnishee in this cause saith he doth
not owe anything himself to the Deft. but believes his
father Jeremiah Webb is indebted to the plaintiff.

I've tried to get the full record of this case and any supporting documents from Jefferson County, but so far have not been successful. 

I haven't proved yet that this is the correct Jeremiah, but so far it hasn't been disproven either.  My next step is to create a time line for both individuals and other family members then go from there.